'… a great many remarkable qualities … it contains numerous precise and beautiful images.'The Times (Paul Griffiths), 22 September 1986
'Its impact lies not so much in deliberate brilliance of effect as in the intensity of its lyricism … it develops an essential warmth of expression, a kind of rhapsodic eloquence which is none the less contained within a well-balanced design.'
Daily Telegraph (Geoffrey Norris), 20 September 1986
'Cellists must even now be queuing up to give repeat performances.'
The Listener (Malcolm MacDonald), 12 February 1987
'Nicholas Maw’s Sonata Notturna is a superb work which should excite considerable interest.'
Fanfare (USA), September/October 1996
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